DO NOT FLUSH or DRAIN ADVISORY

City of Amherst

WASTEWATER COLLECTIONS DEPT

John Jeffreys, Safety Service Director | Ron Merthe, Superintendent of Utilities
Office 440-988-4224


DO NOT FLUSH or DRAIN ADVISORY


COOKING GREASE and OILS, WIPES, AND PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS CLOG SEWER LINES

Various household products are labeled and sold as DISPOSABLE and/or FLUSHABLE. Many baby and adult personal hygiene products along with household wipes and cleaning towelettes are labeled both disposable and flushable. While these products may be marketed as a convenience item in this way, the truth is that these types of wipes have the ability to clog and stop up not only the sewer line on your property, but also can cause blockage and service problems in the public sewer system and lift stations.

Unlike toilet paper, these products DO NOT break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your on-site piping. On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system they collect together, causing very large obstructions and clogs in the sanitary sewer mainlines and get tangled in lift stations floats requiring repair or replacement of equipment.

What we all can do to help…
The following items should NEVER be flushed or drained into the sanitary sewer system. Please place these items in the trash.

 

Disinfecting/Surface Wipes Mop or “Swiffer” type refills
Baby wipes Paper towels
Jewelry wipes Pet care wipes
Cosmetic wipes First Aid wipes
Disposable diapers or diaper liners Bio-pads (nursing home, home healthcare, etc.)
Cotton Swabs Feminine hygiene products
Toilet cleaning pads ANY moist type towelette
COOKING GREASE and OILS ANY CONSUMER ITEM THAT IS NOT TOILET PAPER

Building Department Availability Notice

DUE TO CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO COVID-19, THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT WILL NOT BE CONDUCTING ANY IN-PERSON BUSINESS AT OUR OFFICE BEGINNING MARCH 20, 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT AVAILABILITY:

The building department will continue to conduct daily operations Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM via phone, email, fax, and mail.  All of our forms (e.g. permit applications, contractor registrations, etc.) are available on the Building Department page and may be submitted by mail, fax, and email. Payments may be made by mail or online following the directions on the Building Department Online Payments page.  Plan submittals, permit applications, contractor registrations, payments, etc. may also be placed in the drop-off slot located on the north wall of our office building, to the left of the entry doors, located at the San Spring Building at 480 Park Avenue, Amherst.

Please continue to schedule ALL required inspections by phone unless otherwise notified.

Please continue check the city’s website or contact our office at 440-988-3734 for changes to our daily operations as this situation continues to evolve.

Income Tax Office Update

Due to current public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Income Tax office will not be open to the public.

Completed returns, tax documents, payments and extension requests may be dropped off in the new drop off slot located in the north window on the front of the San Spring building, located at 480 Park Ave. Staff will be available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to answer questions by phone at 440-988-4212.

Tax Preparation Services Available

Even though we are unable to prepare tax returns face-to-face, we will prepare returns from documents that are mailed in or placed in the drop off slot.  Taxpayers can drop off their tax information 24 hours a day. Your information will be stored in a secure area until it can be retrieved by office personnel.

Your return will be prepared by our staff based on the information you provide. Along with a copy of the first page of your IRS 1040 form, it will be necessary to include a copy of each W2 form, any IRS forms showing income or loss such as Schedule C, E, or F and 1099s showing miscellaneous income not being reported on an IRS Schedule C. Please include your phone number in case we need to reach you for further information.  Your tax return will be prepared and mailed to you for signature and payment.

Amherst Mayor Mark Costilow March 17, 2020 Press Release

Amherst Mayor Mark Costilow March 17, 2020 Press Release:

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Amherst’s Mayor Costilow is encouraging the public to adhere to virus mitigation guidelines from the CDC’s website to reduce the risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19. As we work through this evolving issue, the City of Amherst will keep the public informed by posting any new information on the city’s website as well as providing press releases as relevant.

Mayor Costilow wants to assure Amherst residents that the City of Amherst plans to keep all City services fully operational. All Amherst City departments remain staffed and open. City of Amherst employees, Police, Fire, Utilities (including Water & Sewer) and Street are considered essential employees and will continue to provide all necessary services to our City and its residents.

In order to limit exposure to COVID-19, Mayor Costilow has advised that beginning at 4:00 pm on Thursday March 19, 2020, the following City buildings will be closed to the public:

  • San Spring Building located at 480 Park Ave.
  • Amherst City Hall located at 206 S. Main St.

However in spite of these closings, all City Administrative offices including the Mayor’s office, Utilities office, Income Tax office, Auditor’s office, Treasurer’s office, and Council Clerk’s office will remain staffed and available during normal working hours to answer telephone calls, emails and other electronic inquiries from residents, vendors, and other members of the public.

Notice from Council President Wasilk

Jennifer Scott-Wasilk
President
Amherst, Ohio City Council

Whereas, on March 9, 2020, Executive Order 2020-01D Declaring a State of Emergency was issued by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in response to the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio; and

Whereas, on March 16, 2020, Lorain County Health has confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in Lorain County; and

Whereas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that close contact, suggested to be six feet or less, be avoided; and

Whereas, the Regular, Special, and Committee Meetings of the Amherst City Council are both broadcast live and posted online for later viewing; and

Whereas, the City of Amherst intends to comply with the recommendations of the State of Ohio and the United States federal agencies; and

Whereas, Amherst Codified Ordinance 121.04(10) requires that the presiding officer “preserve order and decorum”;

 

The conduct of Regular, Special and Committee meetings of Amherst City Council will be as follows until such time as the Governor of Ohio lifts the State of Emergency:

  1. Attendance at Regular, Special and Committee Meetings shall be limited to only those individuals who are required for consideration and review of the legislation on the current Agenda. In general, this means that those in attendance will be the seven members of council for the Committee Meetings, and, additionally for the Regular and Special Meetings, the Clerk of Council and the President of Council.
  2. Members of the Administration, the city staff or the general public who are deemed necessary for the consideration and review of a particular legislative question shall be admitted to the Council Chamber for that period of time that the legislative question is being considered by council or its committee.
  3. Legislative questions (also known as Agenda Items) should be limited to only those deemed necessary for the safe operation of the city.

 

Jennifer Wasilk, President, Amherst, Ohio City Council                                     17 March 2020